Wednesday, June 29, 2011

STEM at PES


Camp Invention participants Zarek Courtney, Jocelyn Courtney, Abigail Arter, and Rachel Dempsey discuss how to upcycle their appliance parts to create a Rube Goldberg-type machine during Camp Invention at Pierceton Elementary School last week.   Photo provided

School may be out, but students were still learning last week (June 20 to 24) during Camp Invention in Pierceton Elementary School. 
The Camp Invention program is a week-long experience that focuses on creativity in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. 
The children were encouraged to use creative problem solving skills and participate in many teamwork activities.  They use innovative thinking to design inventions and complete projects. 
Creativity is valued, as is open-ended exploration and experimentation.  These are skills that will last the children a lifetime. 
The campers built eco-friendly cities by employing eco-friendly water filtration and safe waste disposal systems in their visits to the “Saving Sludge City” module.
They created roller coasters based on the laws of physics they learned in “Imagination Point – Ride Physics”. 
They used creative problem solving in teams as they learned to survive harsh living conditions after their spaceship crash landed on “Planet Zak”. 
In the “Game On – Power Play” module, they used teamwork and creative problem solving in physical activities . 
Children used real tools to take apart appliances and upcycle the gears and gadgets to create ball rolling and Rube-Goldberg type machines in “I Can Invent – Edison’s Workshop”.
State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, one of the sponsors for this year’s science camp, paid a visit to see the program. Other sponsors are: Whitley Forward program through the Whitley County Community Foundation, Depuy, Biomet, Zimmer, Medtronics, Paragon Medical, and The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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